Teacher Tells Students Not To Touch Him On ‘Free Hug Day’ And This Is What Happened When They Didn’t Listen
I’m not sure why the hell a school is hosting an event where kids are encouraged to randomly touch one another but this school in a Michigan suburb probably won’t have it again next year after a teacher punched a student right in the mouth.
It was around Valentine’s Day when things got out of hand in Jody Slavin’s son’s classroom at Riverview Community High School.
It was “Free Hug Day” at the school. When students surrounded the technology teacher offering a hug, he told them to leave him alone. After they didn’t listen, he punched one of the students in the mouth.
Slavin said she was mortified until she heard the whole story from her son.
“I think the situation just got out of control in the classroom,” she said. “The kids kind of came up on him and surrounded him and he was telling them no. And they put their hands on him.”
So here’s the crazy thing — the students and school love the teacher so much, he might get to keep his job. But there is a lawsuit pending from the kid who got cold cocked for just hugging.
That incident put the teacher’s job in jeopardy, but students rallied around the well-liked teacher. Now the victim has filed a lawsuit against the teacher and the Riverview Community School District seeking $75,000 in damages.
The suit claims the student has suffered severe physical, psychological and emotional injuries, as well as serious impairment to his academic and social development because of the incident.
I’m sure this teacher is swell and all but if you put your hands on a kid, you’ve got to go. No debate. If a kid hit a teacher he’d be expelled. Suppose they let him off this time and next time he hauls off and breaks a kid’s jaw for brushing up against him in the hall.
Hopefully this doesn’t ruin this September’s “Rub a teacher’s groin” day at the school.
[via Click On Detroit]